"Poetic, clear-eyed, calm yet harrowing..." Uncut "Resnais' exposure of Nazi atrocities is still chilling, and his emphasis on the need to remember gives the film a continuing relevance." Sight and Sound
"...This is an avant-garde landmark..." Chicago Sun-Times "[B]eautiful..." Uncut "[The film] draws the documentary form itself into its dialectical web." Sight and Sound
"[I]t is marvelously alert, adult, intelligent, handsome, well-acted, and serenely sad -- possibly the most beautiful film ever made by an 84-year-old, certainly one of the year's best pictures."Film Comment "The mood is polite, discreet, hushed, resolutely adult....Mr. Resnais's narrative techniques are similarly refined. The edits are as smooth as the fluid camerawork..."New York Times "The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the beautifully tuned ensemble acting that infuses this funny, sad treat with real humanist heft."Total Film "[An] elegant, highly formal play on the toings and froings of six characters....PRIVATE FEARS demonstrates once again Resnais' formal mastery."Sight and Sound
Rolling Stone (5/23/02, p.84) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...On FRANTIC, Ferry coaxes the work of Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, Leadbelly, Richard the Lionheart, Orson Welles, Alain Resnais and others into one great, silvery song..."Entertainment Weekly (5/31/02, p.108) - "Any fan of Ferry's Roxy work will find FRANTIC music to their ears..." - Rating: B+Uncut (1/03, p.96) - Ranked #37 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year" - "...His most lively, inventive solo set in a decade..."CMJ (5/27/02, p.11) - "...Sleek and focused..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.104) - "...It'll remind regular listeners of his old measured-but-passionate incarnation....a similar mix of moody originals and lovingly mutated covers, and sharing THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE album's willfully dry, nicely bruised humility..."
"A genuinely playful wander down memory-lane by one of France's most revered film-makers, it's sufficiently erudite and extract-packed to satisfy cinephiles but also accessible to those for whom her name rings only vague bells."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 5 -- "The film captures Varda's continual enthusiasm for life and the cinema....The film moves at a brisk pace with imaginative juxtapositions of scenes of Varda and her family today, historical recreations and film excerpts."Box Office "[G]lorious and generous....It is at once an illustration of the fine art of foraging and an autobiographical portrait..."New York Times "THE BEACHES OF AGNES is held together primarily by Varda's wide-ranging interests and formidable storytelling skills." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "Varda is clearly still searching for new cinematic shores, and finding them....It's difficult not to leave the theater giddy at being swept up in her embrace."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "The film is a poem, a song, a celebration..."Chicago Sun-Times Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "BEACHES proved a masterwork from French New Wave auteur Agnes Varda..."Los Angeles Times
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"[A] sly, elegant meditation on the relationship between reality and artifice....It is a thought-experiment driven above all by emotion..."New York Times "Like many later Resnais movies, it has a goofy, anything-goes atmosphere, rich with out-of-nowhere gags and eccentric formal decisions."A.V. Club